THE INSTRUCTION, FORMATIONS, AND MOVEMENTS OF
THE CAVALRY OF THE
ARMY AND VOLENTEERS OF THE UNITED STATES.
BY COLONEL, PHILIP ST, GEO. COOKE
2d U. S. Cavalry,
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
I have the above manuel and would like to get an approximate value...
The above Title is the first page of the book... Can anyone help me?
Is it an original? What condition is it in? Can you take a picture of the cover and title page and post them here? All of that would be helpful.
Phillip Saint George Cooke was none other than JEB Stuart's father-in-law!
Hello here are the pics they are of the originals...
I am no expert at evaluating collectibles. However, if you can find some provable provenance about who it originally belonged to, given that's a period copy and in good condition, you're probably talking in the neighborhood of $1,500 to $2,000. If it belonged to someone of note, add to that.
Try this link to get a little more help with your research. http://rarebookbuyer.com/ One way or the other, that's quite a find you have there. I suspect it's VERY rare because it's not even listed in any of the usual sources
Keep us in the loop when you get a price, and we'll keep researching on our end. Fstroupe or macreverie might know more.
Thank-you for the info...Will let you know any information that I may obtain on the book...
I can't help with the value of that, but in relation to that, I found this to download at librox;
"Cavalry tactics as illustrated by the war of the rebellion"
I believe they also had the book this thread is about available there to download as well.
I haven't been able to leave this one alone. I have looked and looked and I can't find it mentioned in any rare book catalog. I found one library that has an original copy, the Brown University Library, the link is http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/oclc/38463360?page=frame&
There is mention of it in the NYC Public library and the Virginia Historical Society as well. The Brown U Library copy is available for on-site use only. I know this doesn't help with value, but you might be able to contact a library staff member who can help you out. I'm suspecting this is a truly rare book. Rare doesn't necessarily mean very valuable, but this one certainly should have some value to an ACW collector. If you would like, I'd be happy to contact the Brown University library and see where it leads. Like I said, for some reason I can't let this one go.
I would imagine this book is extremely rare, as the equipment, mission, tactics, and organization of the cavalry changed significantly between 1854 and 1861, and again between 1861 and 1864. Cooke wrote another manual in 1862, and yet another in 1864, and McClellan himself wrote one in 1862, so I'm sure this one disappeared fairly fast.
Of course the value of collectables depends on the collector. I am not into collecting and usually have no clue as to what something is worth.
As this book is Volume II of a multi-volume set, I'd say the value is somewhat diminished.
Did you find any information on this book? I ask because I have Volume I of the same book.
I have been unable to find anything on the value of this book, and I have spent hours searching. I've found 2 libraries that have a copy, Brown University and NYC Public. Oddly, another guest has an original copy of this book!! I'll post the link to the right thread: http://www.americancivilwarforum.com/i-haave-an-
I've given it my best shot and come up empty. This has been a research challenge that's kept me up some nights. I hate that I've hit a dead-end, but that appears to be the case.
Thank you, I might look into having it appraised.